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Thursday, January 18, 2018

From Sheep To Shawl - Gotland Fleece



Last summer we began a fascinating adventure in sheep.  I must say I was very nervous at first since we know absolutely nothing about sheep (slowly but surely we're learning).  It has been a joy getting to know and work with them and learn new skills.
Last fall I learned that I can't depend upon a sheep shearer in this area, they are very few and hard to find.  So I bought myself some hand shears and sheared them myself.  I learned to skirt a fleece, wash a fleece, card the wool and through the wonders of YouTube I've learned to use a drop spindle and spin my own yarn. 
I'm not a person who enjoys sitting around with nothing to do, I like to stay busy during the day and have a task.  Processing fiber this winter has kept me busy during the slow season on the poultry farm.

Gotland sheep have amazing fleece!  I love the colors of the sliver, gray, and charcoal gray.  I'm not a great spinner but with time I'll improve.  I'm sure to an experienced  eye this might look like a hunky  chunky mess but I love it!!
It has taken many hours of work to get to the stage of sitting down and knitting.  There are a whole lot of steps in making yarn...
Once I had the yarn spun, I decided I would make a shoulder wrap or shawl.  It's a very simple pattern that I got from Pinterest but also added my own twist to the pattern.  Larry made the buttons from deer antlers, wasn't that so sweet!







I wore the wrap out to take a few photos with the girls, it was so funny, I'm pretty sure they recognized the wool!

















They never stopped sniffing.  I think they approved of what I had made with their lovely locks.
I still have more fleece, so it's on to the next project, what shall I make next...
Larry would you like a sweater or long underwear???










On to the next adventure, hoping for lambs in the spring.

Have a blessed day!
Angie

Friday, January 12, 2018

Frozen Eggs During Cold Temps - We Have The Solution

During these really cold months you probably have noticed that before you can get your eggs safely gathered into they house that most of them have froze and cracked.  I really hate it when that happens.  But I have a solution for that problem...  There is one breeding pen on the farm that the eggs never freeze, take a guess what pen that would be....




The sweet little Chocolate Oprington pen!!!  The eggs never freeze in this pen, these little gals take great pride in keeping eggs warm and take the job very seriously.  It's their goal each day to check out all egg boxes for abandoned eggs, tuck them under their fluffy little butts and keep them warm until you come and snatch them all up.



So not only are they cute, they're super functional dual purpose gals.  They lay cute small to medium  sized eggs, they keep your eggs from freezing during the winter months and they're great incubators as well.





They're perfectly happy to hatch eggs for you or to adopt babies that don't even belong to them.  They make wonderful little mothers.


 Let us help you out with your frozen egg issues.  Head on over to the Website and place a spring chick order and come next winter you'll never have another frozen egg. 

Stay Warm and have a blessed day!
Angie